Where are most of the cars made in Canada

The car in Canada (1900-1945)

In the early days of the car, independent Canadian manufacturers enjoyed great success. The first such companies originally made carriages and then switched to the "horseless carriage" - which had an engine. Since Canada was part of the British Empire, it benefited from a protectionist regime that allowed Canadian automakers to export vehicles cheaply to the countries belonging to the Empire.

This success only lasted until the 1930s when the great economic crisis led to a downturn. Canadian auto companies did not have the financial means to survive the crisis and could not compete with the much larger factories in the US. As a result, the Canadian automotive sector was subsequently dominated by US companies.

The 1908 Tudhope-McIntyre was made in Orillia, Ontario. In 1908 the Tudhope Carriage Company partnered with W. H. McIntyre of Indiana to work with the
manufacture mechanical parts for McIntyre automobiles.

In 1904, the Canadian branch of the Ford Motor Company was founded in Windsor, Ontario. The Canadian branch of Chrysler Corporation also settled in Windsor due to its proximity to its successful US counterpart in Michigan.

The McLaughlin Motor Car Company, headed by R. S. McLaughlin, was founded in 1907 in Oshawa, Ontario. The company had previously made carriages. It later merged with the Canadian branch of the Chevrolet Car Company to form the Canadian branch of General Motors.

By the way
A galloping horse can reach a speed of 48 kilometers per hour. The 1908 Tudhope-McIntyre was traveling at the same speed. Which of the two would you prefer?

American auto companies built factories in Canada to gain access to the Canadian market and avoid high import tariffs. Due to the economic boom after the war and the high demand, the industry boomed in the 1950s. The museum has a few examples of such Canada-built cars (e.g., the 1950 Oldsmobile, 1955 Buick Special, and 1966 Buick Wildcat), many of which came from the nearby General Motors Oshawa factory.

Many of the vehicles made in Canada were modified versions of US models for the smaller Canadian market. The advertisement presented these "Canadianized" cars
as typical of the Canadian lifestyle and showed them in connection with family outings and winter adventure tours.

The "Auto Pact" concluded in 1965 permitted tax-free trade in cars and auto parts between the USA and Canada. This agreement allowed the Canadian auto industry to manufacture vehicles for all of North America, which contributed significantly to its economic success. However, that ended the history of purely Canadian car manufacturing.

After the "Auto Pact" was signed, the export of Canadian cars increased. In 1967 Canada exported 243,206 vehicles to the United States. South Africa, Venezuela and Peru also decided to import Canadian-made cars. In the same year were the US, UK, Germany, Japan, France and Sweden
the most popular countries for automobile imports to Canada. Although the "Pact" was dissolved in 2001, the automobile trade is still one of the most important branches of the Canadian manufacturing industry.

By the way
A modern Toyota consists of more than 30,000 parts. This includes the steering wheel and the headlights, but also the nuts, bolts and screws that hold everything together!